Upstate Update: A Writer’s “Layered,” Eclectic Catskills Farmhouse, Three Years In
When we first presented writer Lisa Przystup’s Catskills Farm, it was summer 2017; the first solar eclipse in a century was about to take over the sky and cast small moon-shaped shadows on the ground; and Lisa and her husband, musician Jonathon Linaberry, then Brooklyn residents, had just found an 1800s farmhouse on a hill in Delhi, New York, for their weekend getaway. It also became their weekend project: painting almost any interior surface creamy white, tinkering with a brass backsplash in the kitchen, knocking out some walls. We loved the thoughtful, understated, and clean nature of the place – although, Lisa told us at the time, it was still a work in progress.
So when we spotted some updated photos on Jenni Kayne’s Rip & Tan site this fall, about three years later, we thought it was time for a tour of Where Are They Now: Upstate Farmhouse Edition.
What changed? “SO,” Lisa wrote to me by email this week. “I think we had been in the house for maybe eight months” when it first appeared on Remodelista, “so by that time we were at this point where everything seems a little sparse and bare. We were still figuring out how we would use the house and what made sense for the space. After living in a 500/600 square foot railroad apartment [in Brooklyn] where we felt like we were living on top of each other and buried under tchotchkes, it was really good to take a deep visual breath and make room for space.
“I started craving layers, warmth and texture when I was about two years old – pillows, quilts and blankets and filling the corners with things. Plus, this magical thing ends up happening the longer you are in a space: you start living in it, like really living in it, creating memories and adding emotional layers – pieces of memories, drawings of my godchildren, gifts from family and friends, dried pieces of nature walks – and that is which really starts to make everything feel fulfilled. “
Another development? Lisa has a new book this fall: Upstate: living spaces with space to live, by Lisa herself, with photographs by Sarah Elliott.
Join us for an updated walk through the newly eclectic and ever-changing interiors, and head to Rip & Tan for more.
Photograph by Christian Harder, courtesy of Rip & Tan.